Mission, Vision, and Values


In the next decade, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy will be a major force academically and professionally focused on understanding and implementing the science and policy of biodiversity conservation, sustainability of water and watershed ecosystems, and the application of the one health approach to ecological and social interactions, and sustainability.  Our graduates are highly qualified and sought-after individuals making important contributions to solving complex environmental issues that challenge the integrity and sustainability of global systems through research, transdisciplinarity, and engagement.  Our faculty are internationally recognized for their innovative research and their outreach and communication to the public and private sectors.


Environmental Science and Policy is an interdisciplinary department spanning the domains of the natural and social sciences.

  • We strive to provide diverse learning experiences using state-of-the-art research facilities, diverse field sites, and nationally recognized research grants.
  • We offer flexible programs in undergraduate and graduate environmental studies to accommodate traditional and non-traditional students.
  • We are committed to the creation of an academic culture of mutual respect and intellectual collaboration to foster truly productive interdisciplinary research approaches that better mirror the environmental problems we seek to address.
  • Our graduates and faculty are active in the formulation and implementation of policies and solutions in government, industry, and nonprofit organizations.


Respect, Collaboration, Transdisciplinarity, Flexibility, Innovation, Diversity, Sustainability